Apl.de.ap eyes acting in Filipino films

Posted at 12/19/12 4:55 PM

Black Eyed Peas member performs 'El Presidente' theme song

MANILA, Philippines -- Allan Pineda, better known as apl.de.ap, is hoping to appear in locally made films as he continues to perform as a member of the popular American hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas.

Filipino rapper apl.de.ap. File photo

"Next year, I want to try out to have a cameo in a Filipino movie. That'll be fun," Pineda told ABS-CBN News at the sidelines of the premiere screening of the Emilio Aguinaldo biopic "El Presidente" held Tuesday night.

"I'd like to be in some comedy movies. I would like to work with a lot of artists, with Tito (Sotto), Vic (Sotto) and Joey (de Leon). And yes, [working with Kris Aquino] would be great," Pineda added.

Ahead of appearing in Filipino films, Pineda, 38, is involved in the official soundtrack of "El Presidente."

The Angeles, Pampanga-born rapper wrote and performed the theme song for the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival entry, along with the rock band Slapshock.

"It's just an honor to be a part of a great movie for the country and our culture. It's a privilege to be part of it. Giving up your life to fight for country, to fight for freedom -- that's what the president (Aguinaldo) did -- that's where the inspiration came from," Pineda said of the song, which shares the film's title.

The "El Presidente" soundtrack album will reportedly have its proceeds donated to the Apl.de.ap Foundation.

"I was a kid, I was born in Angeles, and was given an opportunity. Now that I have the power and the voice to give and do so, I really like to help, to give back," Pineda said on Tuesday.

According to Pineda, whose charity work has been recognized by President Benigno Aquino III, his foundation will continue its "charity tour for classroom-building" this month.

The tour will have stops at the Republiq nightclub in Pasay City on December 20 and in Boracay on December 22 and 23.